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Sport Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes' best-paid footballer

12:20  22 september  2021
12:20  22 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Cristiano Ronaldo is top of Forbes ' list of best - paid footballers in the world. Lionel Messi was top of last year's list but has been overtaken by rival Ronaldo . Both players made summer moves to Manchester United and PSG recently. Argentina star Messi , meanwhile, has a higher basic salary and bonus structure than Ronaldo - earning £54.94m per year - but he only collects £25.6m in annual sponsorship payments, compared to Ronaldo 's yearly sum of £40m. Had Messi stayed at former club Barcelona this summer, with the Spanish giants letting him leave on a free transfer as they could not

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Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi at the top of Forbes' list of the highest-paid footballers in the world, with the Manchester United star potentially earning £91.5million this season.

Ronaldo and Messi, two of the highest-profile players in the world today, both made transfer moves this summer to United and Paris Saint-Germain respectively during a busy window.

Messi's move to French giants PSG could see him earn £80.5m this season but his earnings are very much short of Portuguese star Ronaldo, 36, who made his return to Manchester after 12 years playing away from Old Trafford.

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The legendary duo remain the best - paid players in football , with PSG stars taking up three of the top four spots. Cristiano Ronaldo 's big-money move to Manchester United has helped him leapfrog Lionel Messi to become Forbes ' highest-earning footballer this year. Ronaldo is set to earn 5 million (£91.5m) before taxes during the 2021-22 season, with m (£51.25m) of that coming from his salary and bonuses for his return to Old Trafford. Forbes ' top 10 highest earners in football .

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Ronaldo's Red Devils deal could see him collect £51.25m in basic salary and performance-related bonuses, with the rest of his package coming from endorsements, including sponsorship.

Argentina star Messi, meanwhile, has a higher basic salary and bonus structure than Ronaldo - earning £54.94m per year - but he only collects £25.6m in annual sponsorship payments, compared to Ronaldo's yearly sum of £40m.

Had Messi stayed at former club Barcelona this summer, with the Spanish giants letting him leave on a free transfer as they could not afford to keep him, he would have easily been named as Forbes' highest-paid footballer as his total earnings in Spain sat at £95.24m per year.

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Lionel Messi ’s contract drama ended with the Barcelona star sealing the deal as soccer’s second billion earner, but Kylian Mbappe, a 21-year-old Frenchman, is poised to steal the show. I only ever made a team after my second time trying out, when I showed up the next year with my much more athletic younger sister. (True story: she played as my proxy on Forbes ' softball team one season.) After my closest attempt at sporting success came in a spelling bee (thank you ESPN for televising and giving that sport cred), I finally decided to take the advice of all those coaches who told me I had the

- Forbes (@ Forbes ) May 11, 2016. Ronaldo and Messi , who have been the only Ballon d'Or winners since Kaka's 2007 success, are some distance ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic in third. Luis Suarez, the third member of the Barcelona attack, was ranked eighth in the Forbes list, with total earnings of m (£15.9m). Real Madrid's Gareth Bale was fifth on the list with m (£23.5m). The Wales international, who overtook Ronaldo as football 's most expensive player when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, signed a six-year deal when he moved to the Bernabeu.

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The 34-year-old was handed a £71m a year package by Barcelona last season but the Catalans let him go just before they announced a debt of £1.15billion last month.


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Both Messi and Ronaldo will earn less this season than previous years, despite earning brand new contracts following their moves.

Ronaldo was just behind Messi on last season's list released in May of this year, earning a £87.91m overall potential package including endorsements.

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Messi's PSG team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe sit third and fourth on the list respectively, with the Brazilian signing a new £54.95m a year contract in May, meaning he earns the same amount as Messi in terms of basic salary and bonuses.

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Lionel Messi , Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are not only the highest- paid soccer players in the world, but the top-earning athletes of any sport across the globe. This past season marked the end of an era in soccer, or football to those outside of the United States whose eyes were about to bleed. For the first time in a decade, not a single matchup took place between the two greatest players in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo .

Lionel Messi , a record four-time winner of FIFA’s player of the year award, earned .5 million last year to come in second on our list. The benefit of an ongoing rivalry with Ronaldo paid off well for him. I only ever made a team after my second time trying out, when I showed up the next year with my much more athletic younger sister. (True story: she played as my proxy on Forbes ' softball team one season.) After my closest attempt at sporting success came in a spelling bee (thank you ESPN for televising and giving that sport cred), I finally decided to take the advice of all those coaches who told

However, Neymar picks up slightly less money than Messi in endorsement fees, with the Brazilian earning £14.65m in this category.

Mbappe, whose PSG contract runs out at the end of this season, earns £31.5m a season, including £20.5m from PSG in salary.

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Mohamed Salah is the second best-paid Premier League player behind Ronaldo, with Liverpool's Egyptian star set to earn £30m a year overall, with the majority of that fee coming in salary and bonuses.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski is next on the list with potential earnings of £25m while 37-year-old Andres Iniesta is the seventh-highest paid player in the world despite playing for Japanese club Vissel Kobe, who pay him £22.7m in basic salary.

Paul Pogba joins United team-mate Ronaldo in the top ten on £24.9m while Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is the best-paid British player on £23.4m. His fellow Los Blancos star Eden Hazard completes the top ten on £21.25m.

FORBES TOP TEN HIGHEST EARNERS IN FOOTBALL 2021-22

1. Cristiano Ronaldo - £91.5m ($125m)

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Salary: £51.25m

Endorsements: £40.25m

2. Lionel Messi - £80.5m ($110m)

Salary: £54.95m

Endorsements: £25.6m

3. Neymar - £69.5m ($95m)

Salary: £54.95m

Endorsements: £14.6m

4. Kylian Mbappe - £31.5m ($43m)

Salary: £20.5m

Endorsements: £11.5m

5. Mohamed Salah - £30m ($41m)

Salary: £18.3m

Endorsements: £12.7m

6. Robert Lewandowski - £26m ($35m)

Salary: £19.8m

Endorsements: £6m

7. Andres Iniesta - £26m ($35m)

Salary: £22.7m

Endorsements: £3.3m

8. Paul Pogba - £25m ($34m)

Salary: £19.8m

Endorsements: £5.2m

9. Gareth Bale - £23.5m ($32m)

Salary: £19m

Endorsements: £4.5m

10. Eden Hazard - £21m ($29m)

Salary: £19m

Endorsements: £2m

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